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Subject: Re: On the Question of Attachments
From: "GERDES, PATRICK F" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List
Date:Wed, 16 Jun 1999 08:08:19 -0500

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I agree completely with Robert Davison on both counts.  We effectively
handled the situation, by communicating with one another the issues with the
situation, and thereby neutralized the virus quickly...    Implement
attachment size limits, but don't eliminate the ability to attach relevant
info...  And we should all use this as a reminder to be vigilant and
prepared for malicious individuals...

"To whom much is given, much is expected!" - Luke 12:48
"Without struggle, there can be no progress!"  - Frederick Douglass
"One man can win the battle, but it takes a united front to win the war"
- j.w.

Patrick F. Gerdes
Manager, Enterprise & Web Development Tools
Entergy Services, Inc.
800-264-2535 pin 3412 (pager)
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-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Davison [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 7:30 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: On the Question of Attachments

I feel that barring attachments is giving in to the hackers. As IT
professionals, we should be aware of the risk of running strange
attachments. I object less to a limit on file size. I guess that many of
us pay per byte - and so may not appreciate receiving 207k that is both
useless and has to be paid for. I'd argue that 99% of what needs to be
said on the list can be said for less than 30k or whatever. If there is
a need to say more, then individuals can ask the poster to send it. This
will filter out large attachments and text essays.

Robert Davison
Dept of Information Systems
City Univerity of Hong Kong

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